Makiah Malan

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To write better, edit out these filler phrases

The biggest improvement in my writing skills happened when I became an editor.<p>Writers are often too familiar with their own ideas to spot mistakes …

Creative Writing

How to write blogs humans want to read

Here are 10 steps to take before every blog post:<p><b>1.</b> <b>Just start writing (or recording).</b><p>The first thing you want to do is sit down and write.<p>If you have …

Beyoncé Fans Aren't Happy About Jay Z's "4:44" Video

"Skipping through to see Bey and Blue..."<p>Beyoncé fans have had a lot of feelings about Jay Z's new album, <i>4:44</i>, and his latest video is no exception. Much like Beyoncé's <i>Lemonade</i>, Jay Z has been releasing videos for songs on his new album, and the video for title track "4:44" came out on Friday.<p>Even …

Here's How to Fix That Lonely Wasteland You Call Your Website

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Crickets.<p>That's what you hear every time you post a new article on your website. I experience it, and so do most other entrepreneurs trying to build an online audience. To make things worse, you're probably getting sick of hearing stories …

7 Latinos Who Could Be the Next Big Pun

<i>This article was originally published in the February 2016 issue of Latina magazine.</i><p>February 7 marks the 16th anniversary of the passing of arguably the greatest Latino MC of all time, <b>Big Pun</b>, the first solo Latino artist to go platinum. Since Christopher Lee Rios’ tragic death at age 29, no other …

Will 'Waves' Be Kanye West's First Disappointing Album?

Kanye West doesn't believe in yesterday. Living through his records may be the closest thing our generation gets to experiencing the constant …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Review: Rihanna’s Anti Rewrites the Rules of Her Career

The great irony of Rihanna’s long-awaited, years-in-the-making album <i>Anti</i>, which finally arrived on Tidal on Wednesday evening, is this: for most of …

'Killer Mike' and other hip-hop stars filed a Supreme Court brief exposing a big double standard for rappers

The brief argues that the violent rhetoric rappers sometimes use to decry social injustice shouldn't be taken literally. When listening to other genres of music, the brief suggests, many people <i>don't</i> take violent lyrics at face value.<p>"In 'Folsom Prison Blues,' country artist Johnny Cash famously …

Instead Of A New Album, Rihanna Released This Video

The #RihannaNavy has been eagerly awaiting the release of Rihanna's eighth studio album since, well, pretty much the day after she dropped her last …

Pusha T Is Pitching Himself As The Anti-Drake And A ‘Rap Superhero’ On His New Album

Pusha T is a coke-rap classicist and he’s not down with the simp-wave. That’s the main point to be gathered from King Push’s interview with <i>Billboard</i> regarding his new album <i>Darkness Before Dawn</i>. Virginia Beach’s most menacing presence sent some not-so-shielded shots in Drake’s direction throughout …

Kid Cudi Is Going on Tour - XXL

Having broken through as an artist in the latter half of the 2000s, Kid Cudi understand the importance of a constant dialogue with his fans. As such, …

New Study Discovers Which City Has The Most Platinum Hip-Hop Albums

Music has gone through multiple phases over the years and never ceases to introduce something new that hasn’t been heard before. From “busting out …

Watch: Drake replaces 'Madonna' lyric with 'Rihanna' during concert

You might have heard of Drake. You might have heard of Madonna. You might have heard when Madonna laid a giant smooch on Drizzy during his Coachella …

Music

Entering the weird world of Beyoncé conspiracy theories

When the Internet first hit our lives, nobody predicted that it would become a cesspool of pop culture paranoia, where that one wacked-out theory you had after smoking weed all day with the curtains closed could suddenly be "validated" with analysed tweets and annotated YouTube vids. The Internet …

A New Study Has Definitively Found The Most Successful Hip-Hop Record Label Ever

Which rap label is the greatest of all time is a less-common rap nerd argument than “best rapper, all time,” but it’s still likely to generate some heat among the right group. If you’re into things like sales and influence, then we may finally have the answer. Def Jam leads all record labels by a …

Drake: “I Just Try My Hand At” Other People’s Music

Drake has come under fire from D.R.A.M., who says that the Canadian artist jacked the sound of his “Cha Cha” song for his “Hotline Bling.”<p>When it was …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Kanye West Brings Out Kid Cudi, Young Jeezy for 808s & Heartbreak Show

<i>Photo from Kim Kardashian's Instagram</i><p>Kanye West gave the first of two special <i>808s & Heartbreak</i> shows last night at the Hollywood Bowl. As well as selling new merch themed around the album, Kanye brought out Kid Cudi, Young Jeezy, and Mr Hudson, who all featured on the record. Watch fan footage …

Hip-Hop

How Killer Mike Was Wrong — And Right — About Black Gun Ownership<p>Aaron Williams 03.26.18 10 hours ago<p>How One Line Derailed Ludacris' Rap Career<p>Aaron Williams 03.23.18 3 days ago 10 Comments<p>Lil Skies Has The Stage Presence Of A Seasoned Rap Veteran Already<p>Aaron Williams 03.22.18 4 days ago 3 Comments<p>…

Kanye's Last-Minute Yeezy Season 2 Presentation Is Wreaking Havoc

Kanye West has finally publicly disclosed details about his Yeezy Season 2 show, right smack in the middle of NYFW, and designers who planned to show during the time slot he has now claimed are not happy about it. According to <i>WWD</i>, West will show his second collaboration with Adidas on September …

Kendrick Lamar writes tribute to 2Pac

The ghost of Tupac Shakur haunts K-Dot’s record <i>To Pimp A Butterfly,</i> with Kendrick Lamar using archive audio tapes throughout the album to conduct an "interview" with the highly influential rapper. The two have a fictional, poignant discussion about their hopes for black America, the dangers of …

20 Surprising Indie And Rock Covers Of Pop Songs You Need To Hear

Tame Impala recently gave Kylie Minogue’s ‘Confide In Me’ a reverb-heavy makeover on Australian radio station Triple J – but what other indie …

25 of Drake’s Most Memorable Motivational Quotes

Drake is arguably one of the best artists in music today. What a lot of people don’t know about him is his extreme motivation to reach a certain …

Was Nicki Minaj Right In Publicly Shaming These Non-Famous People On Instagram?

We vote no.<p>Nicki Minaj proved she wasn’t here for the shade yesterday when she clapped back at a few Instagram trolls.<p>Dissing the top Barb on her …

Hip-Hop

A-Trak Explains How His Team Pulled Off The 'Impossible' Young Thug Video<p>Aaron Williams 03.20.18 2 days ago<p>Tay-K's Capital Murder Case Is The Quintessential American Tragedy<p>Aaron Williams 03.19.18 3 days ago 16 Comments<p>Why Lil Xan's 'Betrayed' May Secretly Be One Of Rap's Best Anti-Drug Anthems …

Wiz Khalifa Arrested At LAX & Video Released

Wiz Khalifa was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) yesterday (August 23) for riding his personal hoverboard, according to TMZ.<p>In a …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Chris Brown Announces New Album 'Royalty' - Rap-Up

Chris Brown is getting personal on his next album.<p>In between dates on his “One Hell of a Nite” tour, he took to Twitter to announce the title of his …

Hip Hop Mogul Dr. Dre Apologizes to Women He's Hurt: 'I Deeply Regret What I Did'

Hip hop mogul Dr. Dre was enjoying one of the best weeks of his 30-year career.<p>A biopic about his groundbreaking rap group N.W.A., <i>Straight Outta Compton</i> brought in more than $60 million at the box office last weekend. His first solo album in more than a decade-and-a-half <i>Compton</i> spent its first week …

Jay Electronica Takes Shots at J. Cole and Drake at London Show

<b>Jay Electronica</b> might be a better troll than he is a rapper at this point. He'll go on epic <b>Twitter</b> rants calling rap a "clown circus" when the</b> …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Meek Mill Sues Drake for Defamation Over Concert Memes

“I just wanna know, who does Drake think he’s playing with? He’s ruining the ticket sales for me and my girls tour,

Birdman Sued For $200,000 By Producer

DVLP is suing Birdman for $200,000 for not paying him for his production work, TMZ reports.<p>The producer, pronounced “develop,” says that the Cash …